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what are the most racially diverse london schools?

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lhc2 Thu 04-Jul-13 22:14:55


We are currently living in NYC (we are from spain) and we are moving to London next year and i've been looking for schools for my daughters.
One of my dds is black and diversity is very important to me as i don't want her to be the only black girl in her class and judging by the london schools websites i didn't see any black girl at their schools.

I would like to know based on your opinion which london single sex private schools are more racially diverse?

Thank you very much. smile

Needmoresleep Wed 10-Jul-13 14:39:53

A class full of Xenias might be quite interesting smile

tashatash1 Wed 25-Nov-15 22:54:40

This is bullshit and it seems to me that you are the one with the bias. So because their are racist she should send her child to a state school. No. And my daughter is also of mixed hertiage, I am black her father is white and she had no problems getting into top private schools as we have the money to fund it. Their are also a lot of indians at private schools now a days and they fit in fine with their white peers. We have young black boys attending harrow and other top boy schools. Private schools is class more so then race

manicinsomniac Thu 26-Nov-15 00:15:42

I'm really surprised to see that there are London independents that aren't ethnically diverse.

I teach in a rural independent prep in the home counties. The village C of E primary school over the road is 100% White British. The village itself is approx. 98% White British. The independent prep is now up to about 15% BME/immigrant/international. Up to 35% in some of the younger year groups. It has grown hugely over the last few years.

So my experience is that, if you want ethnically diverse, pick an independent. If you want socially diverse, pick a state. There's ability diversity in both types round here tbh, the privates don't tend to be academically selective. Ours very definitely isn't.

I'm amazed that this isn't even more true of London than for the rural surrounds.

The OP didn't say she wanted a diverse school, she said she wanted an ethcnically diverse school - for the sake of her own DD, not for some general/moral ideal. So why berate her for her choice of an independent? Especially when moving into London after state school places have been allocated!

I'm sure OP has long picked her school and settled by now but it's still an interesting discussion.

MN164 Fri 27-Nov-15 15:05:42

For what it's worth, I have seen a much higher proportion of non-white students at every and any central London state school than at any independent. In particular, this is true for academically selective grammar state schools vs independent schools.

The idea that fee paying schools are more ethnically diverse seems laughable, as far as London is concerned. It self evidently isn't true.

talkinnpeace Fri 27-Nov-15 15:16:22


MN164 Fri 27-Nov-15 16:34:27

Thanks TP. Good to know how "with it" I am .... wink

Themodernuriahheep Fri 27-Nov-15 17:01:14

If you are prepared to venture south if the river you will find the prep schools v diverse, in Clapham and Dulwich, as Tea says. And despite another poster's views, the Dulwich senior schools are ethnically diverse too. I am afraid you get teased a bit if your hair is red, but I know of no other prejudice, indeed the kids are very anti prejudice and you only have to see the teams, activities, trains and buses around to realise that.

She might be the only person with her particular background, but in DS's class there are lots like that. 1 Ghanaian, 1 Nigerian,1 Pole, 2 Czech, 1 Korean, 1 Malaysian one or two Afro Caribbean, ( Grenada I think, and Jamaica), 1 Macedonian, some British/caribbeans. 1 Spanish, etc. with masses if different bits added in.

we worked out last year that out of the class, only four had both sets of grandparents born in the UK. And of those, one set came from a former colony, and one set from Russia. And none was " pure" English.

ConesOfDunshire Thu 03-Dec-15 22:32:57


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